What kind of Birth control do you use?

Jennifer - posted on 08/25/2011 ( 106 moms have responded )

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What kind of Birth control do you use? What are the pro's and con's? Im on the depo shot now and thinking about switching to Mirena.

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Autumn - posted on 09/22/2011

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I am having mine removed tomorrow. I have had the mirena for two and a half years and have become so bitchy and emotional that my boyfriend has considered leaving more than once. I read a posting last night about this subject from another mom and never thought my emotional problems could come from it until I read what everyone was saying. My 2 sisters also have it and when we discussed this issue earlier today we were all in agreement about mirena and our severe mood swings. It's convenient, but I don't recommend it.

Melissa - posted on 09/20/2011

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I am on the Mirena and could not be happier. I had it for 2 years before I ever had any kids and it was amazing. I wasn't getting any periods and when I got it taken out, within 2 weeks I was pregnant (what we were going for). After my second child, I got it put back in because my husband and I are thinking about having one more. I definitely would recommend the Mirena!!! It's easy to get put in and it's even easier to get taken out. Getting it put in is like having a pap smear with a little bit of pain (they have to measure how deep your cervix is) and getting it taken is like a pap smear (you don't even feel them take it out).

Juanita - posted on 09/19/2011

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I have the paragaurd. I tried the Mirena for 2 years and I liked it, except I did gained a lot of weight.

Julie - posted on 08/27/2011

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I am using the Fertility Awareness Method (like natural family planning, but allows the use of barrier methods during fertile phases).

Pros: I know my body so much better! It's great being able to track what is going on, and to really know what is happening in my body. Also, since my husband and I have chosen to abstain during fertile phases, it has actually helped our sex life. That coming back together at the end is always great.

Cons: You have to commit to learn it and follow the rules, but it's so worth it not only for birth control, but like I said, just for knowing your body better and having better control of your feminine health.

And just as an additional note: a lot of people give FAM a bad rap, because they confuse it with the Rhythm Method which has a high failure rate. FAM when used properly has the same rate as most birth controls. It involves tracking 2-3 fertility signs that you may not even be aware that your body is doing!

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Right now none, but I'm pregnant.

After my daughter we used Natural Family Planning. I don't like the idea of using hormonal birth control, I mean we don't want hormones in our milk and meat; but we pump ourselves full of them so we don't get pregnant (doesn't make sense to me). My hubby is extremely allergic to latex, so that gets rid of all barrier methods; with mole skin you might as well use the pull out method. I don't like the idea of an IUD (beyond the prolife stand point) there are a lot of risks that leave you sterol. I'm also concidered at risk for ectopic pregnancies so that alone rules them out.

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Crystal - posted on 10/17/2011

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I have had the mirena for about 6 months and I love it!! You dont have to remember to take the pill, change the patch, or have to fool with going and getting a shot every few months. It hurt at first getting it put in and a little while later but it was worth it!! And they do tell you if you were to get pregant while on mirena they have to get the mirena out but there is a chance that you could miscarry!! But thats not in all cases and its not like it happens often!!

Chelsy - posted on 10/17/2011

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I just started on Seasonale but it seems like a good one to be on, you only get your period for 3 months . . . . I just started it so I'm not fully sure on alot of things but so far I haven't felt sick or anything :)

Natalie - posted on 10/14/2011

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I HAVE HAD MIERINA FOR THE LAST 2 YRS And half. its great took fifteen mintues to b put in. effect i got was it stop me from bleeding
aka my period which is a side effect n totally normal n safe.

Shayeea - posted on 10/13/2011

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and IUD. i am going thru the first 3 months now, and it can be painful when i have cramps, but without the worry of getting pregnant... i am good

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 10/13/2011

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I don't know why my mom didn't do that! My brother and I are adopted (I've been with my Adopted mom since I was 3 days so she's mom) and she's been married to my dad since 1974. After she found out they wouldn't have kids she still went through having her period! WTF mom!

I seriously love the implanon, no strings to check, no constant shots and no pills. After my 4th though (I only have 2 right now) I'm looking for something permanent since my DH is afraid he won't be able to get it up anymore if he gets nuetered.

Kacie - posted on 10/13/2011

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ha! Try tellin that to my grandmaw! Ive been on the Depo for 6 years, which means no periods for 6 years. she has a fit about it every time it may come up saying "thats not normal! thats not good!" then again this is a woman who had a full hysterectomy at 27yrs old!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 10/13/2011

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That's because unless a woman is trying to get pregnant there is no medical reason why she needs a period once a month. I was on seasonale after my first daughter. It wasn't too bad, but I kept forgetting to take it.

Crystal - posted on 10/13/2011

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@ Amanda what state do you live in? Im in Texas and here medicaid pays for tubal ligation I'm not sure if its the burning, clipping, or tying part but I worked at on ob/gyn office and I didnt see any type of birth control medicaid didn't pay for. There is even a new procedure called essure. when I left during my pregnancy my doctor had just started to do it and it placed spring like devices in your tubes and tissue grew around it preventing passage of sperm. It was in office procedure one month later a test was done to be 100% sure it was blocked. I would not recommend it because I don't like the idea of having something implanted in your body permanantly not knowing what kind of side effects and what about removal during rejection. I never asked those questions. None the less medicaid paid for that also. I used the Mirena for the full 5 years had no periods, no cramping, no side effects. I tried the pill and forgot and thats how my 6 month old got here =). Tried the nuva ring which worked great except it decreased my sex drive so much that it caused problems in my relationship. Stopped using it got immediate results. Now its u where a condom or suffer the consquence. Which he has no problem doing and I also follow an ovulation calander and try to refrain during fertile days. Everything works so different for each person.

Kacie - posted on 10/13/2011

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My neighbor uses the nuvaring and doesnt go a week without. when she removes the current one, she puts the new one in the same day. her dr said its perfectly fine to do so.

Juli - posted on 10/12/2011

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well I am pregnant right now, but plan the IUD (without hormones!!) after son is born, was on the pill before but had time remembering and it made me sick, was on the shot a couple years ago gained a lot of weight and was sicker than a dog. I have known a lady who used the ring and still got pregnant. but I believe no hormones is the best for me since all else has made me very sick.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 10/12/2011

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Theresa, I had the same experiance with Mirena. But I wouldn't use Nuvaring. I have Implanon now. It's in my upper left arm and I don't even know I have it. I'm probably getting it removed again next year, but I will definitely have it done again after I have my 4th and final baby.

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Jennifer,
My advice to you. I wouldnt go on mirena. I would use nuvaring. I was on depo and gained alot of weight. didnt get pregnant but after 13-15lb weight gain i got off of it really quick. I am forgetfull when it comes to pills so I went to mirena after my daughter. the strings for me disappeared and had to have it surgically removed. I also was dumb enough to have it put in the second time. and when I did after 6m i told the dr to take it out because I was in so much pain everytime my husband and I had sex. After all it is a forgein object in your uterus. I went with nuvaring recommended by my sister in law. you put it in for 3wks and forget about it. take it out for a week and have your period. super easy to use no pain and no remembering. to each their own but best of wishes. I am pregnant now and intend to use the nuvaring again until my husband gets fixed after baby #2 is born.

Aliza - posted on 10/09/2011

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Im not on it right now but I was using the NuvaRing and I loved it. Im really nor good with remembering pills and once the ring was in I didnt have to think about it at all. Also there was the option of going back to back for three months without having a period.

Mimi - posted on 10/07/2011

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I know I could, but I been off the Depo shot 4 about 10 months now and I still have not gotten pregnant again. No matter what you use or don't use, it is still a possibility you can get pregnant if you are not careful.

Melinda - posted on 10/07/2011

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I have a 8yr old, a 2 yr old, a 1 yr old and twins that are 8 months!! So my 6 week check up after the twins I received the implanon (the stick in the arm) and it works just fine! (with a few side affects of course....) ;)
The Mirena is great! I was on it after my second, but my husband and I were trying for a girl and agreed to get pregnant. So I had it removed.. but it works great. I would choose it again!

Mimi - posted on 10/07/2011

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I was using the depo shot, but it made me eat more and gain weight. So now I just use the pull out method.

Brittney - posted on 10/06/2011

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I use the mirena and LOVE IT. I dont' think about it, don't have to worry about antibiotics making it less effective. I had it put in had some cramping and now most of the time i forget it's there. Now hubby occasionally feels the string but we shift positions. They say you are suppose to check it once a month but my strings are so short i can't feel it so i don't. oh did i mention my LO is 9months old and i've yet to have a period. Part could be from nursing. I had alittle spotting two months ago but nothing since :) oh and this is the ONLY birth control i have ever taken that hasn't messed me up hormonally and made me cry or get mad like i was pregnant.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 10/05/2011

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I did the pills for years (Off and on from the time I was 18 to the time I was 28) and yikes can that get expensive.

I have chronic hypertension and I breast feed so I wanted to have a low hormone birth control. My OBGYN said besides a pill I'd have to take at the same time every day I could get an IUD or an impant. I had the Mirena IUD placed after my 2nd child was born in April of this year. I had it removed in June a week before I moved to BC from NY surgically. The IUD had moved itself from my uterus to my abdominal cavity. I now have the implanon and it works great. I don't even have to check strings like I did with the Mirena.

Brandi - posted on 10/04/2011

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i have the paragard didn't go with merena do not want the hormones its WONDERFUL! almost forgot i had it not one issue its been 6 months

Amanda Martinez & - posted on 10/04/2011

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The chance to get pregnant with mirena is veryyy low but if you do I have never herd you have to an abortion i had a friend that knew someone that got pregnant with mirena and had the baby perfectly fine she was born with the IUD in her head...lol i dont know what they would do now about it do...

Amanda Martinez & - posted on 10/04/2011

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Hi, Jennifer- I had Mirena on for 3 years and i didnt have much luck because i guess my body never got completly used to it because i used to get many yeast infections normally after intercourse with my hubby. I used to like that i didnt have to worry about getting pregnant or use a condom with my man. But he would feel it in some positions and it would bother him and it would make me bleed...we decided to remove it and 3 months later we got pregnant and im already 8 months! =) 4 weeks more to go...I have spoke to my doctor to see other methods to not get pregnant anymore since this is my 3rd baby and we not sure yet what we going to do cuz to burn my tubes i have to pay it my self medicaid doesnt cover it and an IUD like i said i didnt have a happy experience. But all women are different and feel different. So hope u find the right one and stay happy Good luck to you!!!

Tiffany - posted on 10/03/2011

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I can't use hormones (they make me depressed and my sex drive disappears) so I use the Paraguard. I love it!! It is exactly what i needed.

Tameka - posted on 10/03/2011

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I have Mirena and its great! I've had it for almost a year now and it gives me no problems. I also tried the shot before I have my son but did not like it because it made me gain weight. Give it a try. =)

Krystle - posted on 10/03/2011

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I have done birth control pills (that's how I had my first daughter). I never missed a pill since I had been on it since I was 14 due to having polycystic ovaries. It was just part of my life when I got pregnant at 18. The doctor's were shocked. They had always said it would be a 0.01% chance I would get pregnant and even less chance that it would be a healthy baby. I did get pregnant and she was healthy. After having baby number one, I didn't use anything. Two years later, I turned 21, and I didn't want to be so careless. I got back on the pill (ortho tri cyclen lo) and within four months, I was pregnant again. -.- This was called user error. After that I got Mirena. I had it for 10 months until my husband said I was just angry all the time. I had noticed I would get upset a lot faster over trivial things. I talked with my gyno and she said that was rare, but it was a symptom. Then I gave her the stare down and she took it out. Since March 2009, I have been on the nuva ring. It is less of a hassle than birth control. I have my calendars on phone and in house informing me when to pull it out and put it back in. I have never had an oops moment on the nuva ring. I love it and recommend to everyone. The men can't feel it when you have sex while my husband could swear he felt the strings on the mirena.

Christie - posted on 10/03/2011

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Do it!! That's what I was on Depo. Then switched to mirena no mood swings, no weight gain (actually lost 25 lbs) n no periods!! I got one after the insertion for 6 days (Jan 2011). Then no more periods until July 2011 which was 3 days of spotting. Nothing since! I love it and so does my husband!

Lisa - posted on 10/03/2011

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I'm sterilized. After five children,it was for me / us the best option. I have a pill intolerance. Natural birth control methods gave us two children. (thanks to Persona). If family planning is complete, i find the sterilization as the best option.

Katherine - posted on 10/02/2011

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Tanya, totally agree about the whole pregnancy thing, my family and my hubby's family have super high fertility....so we're very watchful and hopeful that we're not one of the unlucky few who find themselves with mirena and pregnant. it would be devostating.

the only reason i had it put in was because it was supposed to be the best for breastfeeding moms.....however i was one of those select few who's milk dried up after having it put in!!!!

Leighann - posted on 10/01/2011

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i had the Mirena for about a year and a half, a little more, and i would not recommend it! mine got embedded when i went to get it out. after a little over a year, i lost all control over my body. i gained like 20 pounds, my face was breaking out uncontrollably, and i was never ever in a good mood or anything close to it. i didnt get pregnant but i would never go back to it. to make it even better (sarcasm), my doctor told me that my symptoms had absolutely nothing to do with the Mirena and that it coulnt possibly be that because the Mirena is the most symptom free birth control out there! she tried to make me think it was in my head but im not stupid and i know my body. needless to say, i have no birth control right now and im terrified of the thought.

Tanya - posted on 10/01/2011

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The chances of u getting pregnant with the mirena is very slim, and yes if U do get pregnant with the mirena, your chances of having a healthy baby is also slim, it can cause a lot of complications for you as well as baby! I have the mirena, but also didnt get it in until we knew we were done having kids, I just used birthcontrol in between

Bernadette - posted on 10/01/2011

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nope Katherine, not "worried' about getting pregnant at all - to me, getting pregnant is a blessing. I would have a thousand kids if I had the time, money and energy for them all! But there are only a few days of the month where you are actually likely to fall pregnant, and if you know exactly when you ovulate then it's not that hard to avoid it. I have used ovulation tests and know that I ovulate on exactly day 14 of my cycle every time, and it's only for about the next three days that you will conceive. We are always careful for the week prior to that, since sperm can live inside for up to a week so even if you haven't ovulated yet, it is possible to fall pregnant from sex you've had up to a week beforehand. A couple of days after you've ovulated it's not possible at all since the egg will have already passed through you. Of course this is not a reliable method for people whose ovulation cycle is all over the place, but if you're regular it's pretty easy to monitor.

Tiffany - posted on 09/30/2011

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I have the Mirena. I have had it for a little over 2 years. I have had no problems at all. I absolutely love the fact that I never have to worry about if I missed my pill or appt for it. And I don't even have a menstrual cycle now and that stopped before I had it in a year. Its awesome.So to me the upside to it is I don't have to worry about a doctors appt but once a year (naturally lol) or worry about taking a pill everyday or once a month or whatever lol. So to me overall its really AWESOME!!! I am sure you will love it to

Katherine - posted on 09/30/2011

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@ Bernedetter - aren't you worried about getting pregnant any other time of the month?? My family is super fertile, when i wasn't on the pill i made sure I used condoms, until we started trying for a family (and I know the day we got pregnant.....we'd had unprotected sex once)......

@ Jaclyn, i hear you when you say pulll and pray, i cross my fingers each and every time, even though they say it's almost 100% coverage with the mirena, there are those who have gotten prego while using it, I'm hoping his little men aren't THAT great at swimming!~~

Jaclyn - posted on 09/29/2011

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Oh my gosh, just read what some of u said about mirena, well I have not had any fluctuation in my weight other that they baby weight I'm trying to get rid of from my second daughter born in march.
So to author, u kinda just have to do what works with ur body and ur lifestyle.. Good luck

Jaclyn - posted on 09/29/2011

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Mirena, and love it!!! I know 4 of my family members who have had it and loved it too!!! Before my two girls were born, my period was 6-7 days long, and was completely miserable for 2-3 days: migrans, cramps, back ache, total fatigue/bloating, cravings, ... U name it I probably had it, and hated it.
So researched mirena and could not b happier : ) but because we get pregnant so easy, we still pull and pray, our girls r almost 16months apart... It's challenging and rewarding all at the same time ; )

Jaclyn - posted on 09/29/2011

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Mirena, and love it!!! I know 4 of my family members who have had it and loved it too!!! Before my two girls were born, my period was 6-7 days long, and was completely miserable for 2-3 days: migrans, cramps, back ache, total fatigue/bloating, cravings, ... U name it I probably had it, and hated it.
So researched mirena and could not b happier : ) but because we get pregnant so easy, we still pull and pray, out girls r almost 16months apart... It's challenging and rewarding all at the same time ; )

Bernadette - posted on 09/26/2011

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none. Never have, never will other than the occasional condom if it is at my most fertile time of month. I'm not really big on the idea of anything that alters the way my body is naturally meant to function. There are links to people using birth control that alters their hormones and fertility, and the rising rate of people using IVF. The longer you use birth contol, the longer it can take your fertility to return after you stop using it. Some people are lucky, and find that they can get pregnant as soon as they stop. Others not so lucky, and need help falling pregnant. I'd rather just leave mine working the way it is. I have two children (so far) and both happened while we were trying. While we were trying not to get pregnant, we had no issues with it. It's not really that difficult to avoid getting pregnant if you're just careful.

Christina - posted on 09/24/2011

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I'm one of the rare ones who cannot take the pill. Took it for 3 years after I had my daughter. I got pregnant soon after I stopped taking them, which was planned. Started the pill again after I had my son in October of 2006. In the fall of 2010, at a routine gynecologist appointment, my doctor found that I was showing symptoms of a possible stroke. They told me to never use the pill again. I tried Mirena for almost a year and I couldn't deal with the weight gain, the hair loss, nor the mood swings. I now have the copper IUD. It's only been a week, but I feel like stress has been lifted from my shoulders. I guess hormones are just too much for me. I would just say talk with your doctor and see what's right for you. Although we are all women, we are all different. Good luck

Alana - posted on 09/21/2011

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I just started this Sprintec birth control pill about a week now and I love it...It just make me eat a lot but I'm trying to gain weight...I really don't have anything bad to say about it except sometimes I forget to take...lol...But I think I got it now!

Khara - posted on 09/20/2011

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I take Loestrine Fe... It is Ahhhhmazing! I was having like 7 day long heavy periods & it was making me so cranky & tired & my back was killing me! Now I may have a light period for a day if even that! I absolutely love it...!

Sueha - posted on 09/20/2011

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I have the copper IUD, its like the merina but no hormones, so no weight gain or loss. And this one last 10 years hehe ;) i love the fact that i don't have to think twice about BC. I've had it for three years now, there are only a couple of bad things about it. I spot a lot, and i don't think its this IUD in picticular but all IUD's because my cousin had the merina and she was having spotting issues as well( i say had because she had it removed after it caused her to have a cyst that burst). Another thing with IUD's is heavier periods and longer periods. Mine went from 6 days to 8 days and the second day i end up taking back to back advil to keep the pain at bay. But i still will pick the IUD i have now over other conventional ways such as condoms because i got pregnant with using condoms. My three kids were not planned and back to back. So i trust this IUD because like my sister tells me apparently i didn't read the instructions on the condom package and thats how i got pregnant LOOOL An IUD is dummy proof hahah ;)

Melissa - posted on 09/20/2011

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You don't even know that it is there. It is a simple process and doesn't hurt at all (during it being put in and even after).

Angela - posted on 09/20/2011

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I have been on the pill but I am thinking of switching to Mirena too, I Just am scared of having something put in me!

Samantha - posted on 09/20/2011

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im on the impalnt and i love it o worries bout protection and u dnt put weight on with it i ad the depo and i was really over weight i was always angry n moodey i hated it but since ive ad the implant its been great ur periods dnt cum for every few munths but everyone is diff in that area x i wud recomand implant any time but best to talk to a nurse before u have it cus they can tell u more bout it

Candace - posted on 09/19/2011

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I have the mirena. I've had it for over a year now. The only thing I hated was the pain when it was inserted and then my periods were longer and heavier for about two months and slowly got lighter and now I no longer have one!

Claire - posted on 09/19/2011

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i don't like the idea of the coil,i got warned that it could potentially damage you if not put in right and there is a possibility of it falling out and you wouldn't notice.the pill gave me migraines and i got pregnant on the mini pill.i chose the implant after my 2nd child its due out in november after having it 3yr.if you lose or gain too much weight it stabs until its comfy again.your periods more or less stop and don't need to worry about taking something or making sure you get your next injection on time.it does make your sex drive lower and your moods yoyo quite alot.as birth control its great but i wouldn't recommend it to anyone who's ever been depressed or suffers with mood swings previously.

Alana - posted on 09/19/2011

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I've had the ParaGard copper IUD for 6 years and it works great! I've had multiple friends experience significant weight gain with the Mirena IUD. I also prefer the ParaGard because it does not use hormones.

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